Don Madge Vacates EFC Title, Signs With UFC
The EFC is now looking for a new lightweight champion, as their current champion Don Madge has abdicated the title and has signed a deal with the UFC.
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Madge, who was the primary sparring partner for current UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg, has been offered a contract on Tuesday from the UFC, and per a press release from the EFC will now vacate the title as Gavin Hughes will now face Madge’s teammate, Martin van Staden on March 31st in Cape Town.
“We are delighted with Don’s success and wish him all the best in his UFC endeavors,” stated Cairo Howarth, EFC President. “I am really looking forward to seeing his successes in the UFC and I can’t wait to see who takes his place.”
van Staden is considered as a pioneer in Africa’s growing MMA scene, and is in the midst of three consecutive finishes inside the EFC’s hexagon.
He will have to battle the popular “Big Tasty” Gavin Hughes, who in only nine fights has gone undefeated and finished 89% of his fights, only going to the score cards once in his career.